December 4, 2015 / 8:50 PM / 2 years ago

Militant network behind Paris attack has links to people in Britain: WSJ

An undated photograph of a man described as Abdelhamid Abaaoud that was published in the Islamic State's online magazine Dabiq and posted on a social media website. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV

(Reuters) - The militant network behind last month’s attacks in Paris has links to people in Britain, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing Western officials.

Several people suspected of having connections to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Islamic State militant and alleged ringleader of the Nov. 13 attacks, are based in Britain, according to two Western officials, the Journal reported.

The officials told the Journal those people, including some of Moroccan heritage, are based in the Birmingham area, about 120 miles (190 km) northeast of London.

Reporting by Eric Beech in Washington, editing by David Alexander

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